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2 Kings 12:1-21

12  and reigned forty years at Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Sibjah, from Beer-Shebaʽ. 2  And Joash did what Jehovah approved all his life, Priest Jehojadaʽ instructing him. 3  Only the heights were not removed; the people still sacrificed and made burnings on the heights. 4  And Joash said to the priests “All the sacred money that is brought to Jehovah’s house in cash, each man’s tax on polls and all the money that each voluntarily brings to Jehovah’s house, 5  the priests are to take for themselves, each from his acquaintances, and they are to repair the damages of the house, whatever part damages are found in.” 6  But in the year twenty-three of King Joash the priests had not repaired the damages of the house, 7  and King Joash summoned Priest Jehojadaʽ and the priests and said to them “How comes it you are not repairing the damages of the house? now you are not to take money from your acquaintances, but to let us have it for the damages of the house.” 8  And the priests agreed to not taking money from the people and not repairing the damages of the house. 9*  And Priest Jehojadaʽ took a chest and bored a hole in its lid and put it beside the altar on the right as a man goes into Jehovah’s house, and there the priests who acted as threshold-keepers put all the money that was brought to Jehovah’s house. 10  And when they saw that there was a great amount of money in the chest the king’s secretary for documents and the high priest came up and wrapped and counted the money that was found in Jehovah’s house. 11  And they put the appropriated money into the hands of the contractors employed on Jehovah’s house, and they paid it out to the carpenters and builders that worked on Jehovah’s house 12  and to the masons and stonecutters and for buying wood and dressed stone to repair the damages of the house, and for all expenses on the house for repairing; 13  only there were not made in Jehovah’s house silver basins, snuffers, bowls, any articles of gold or of silver, out of the money that was brought to Jehovah’s house, 14  but it was given to the contractors, and they repaired Jehovah’s house with it. 15*  And no accounts were demanded from the men into whose hands the money was put to be given to the workmen, but they worked on honor. 16  Money paid in expiation for guilt or propitiation for sin was not brought to Jehovah’s house; it belonged to the priests. 17*  Then King Hazael of Syria came up and attacked Gath, and took it; and Hazael faced toward Jerusalem. 18  And King Joash of Judah took all the sacred things dedicated by his ancestors Kings Jehoshaphat, Joram, and Ahaziah of Judah, and by him himself, and all the gold to be found in the treasuries of Jehovah’s house and of the royal palace, and sent it to King Hazael of Syria, and he withdrew from his campaign against Jerusalem. 19  And as to the rest of the history of Joash, and all that he did, it is recorded in the chronicles of the kings of Judah. 20*  And his officer entered into a conspiracy, and killed Joash at Beth-Millo that goes down to Silla; 21  and it was his officers Jozacar the son of Shimeath and Jozabad the son of Shomer who killed him. And they buried him with his fathers in David’s City, and his son Amasiah succeeded him.


12:9 Var. beside the obelisk Conj. beside the doorpost
12:15 Or given to the contractors
12:17 Lit. faced to go up against Jerusalem
12:20 (that goes down to Silla) Susp.